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"But Shallmar's Christmas story is a tale of compassion and charity, and the will to help fellow human beings not only survive, but also be ready to spring into action when a new opportunity presents itself. Bittersweet yet heartwarming, Saving Shallmar is a wonderful Christmas season story for readers of all ages and backgrounds, highly recommended." - Small Press Bookwatch

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James Rada, Jr. is the author of seven novels. These include the historical novels Canawlers, October Mourning, Between Rail and River and The Rain Man. His other novels are Logan’s Fire, Beast and My Little Angel. Battlefield Angels: The Daughters of Charity Work as Civil War Nurses is non-fiction history. Looking Back and Looking Back II are collections of interesting stories about Western Maryland. His articles appear regularly in a variety of regional and national magazines such as History Channel Magazine, Boy's Life and History Magazine. Jim has also had more than two dozen short stories published. Jim works as a freelance writer who lives in Gettysburg, PA, where he lives with his wife and sons. He has received numerous awards from the Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Association, Associated Press, Maryland State Teachers Association and Community Newspapers Holdings, Inc. for his newspaper writing.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 188 pages
  • Publisher: AIM Publishing Group (October 16, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971459975
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971459977
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,690,033 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Rada, Jr. is the author of seven novels, a non-fiction book and a non-fiction collection. These include the historical novels Canawlers, October Mourning, Between Rail and River and The Rain Man. His other novels are Logan's Fire, Beast and My Little Angel. His non-fiction books are Battlefield Angels: The Daughters of Charity Work as Civil War Nurses and Looking Back: True Stories of Mountain Maryland.

He lives in Gettysburg, Pa., where he works as a freelance writer. Jim has received numerous awards from the Maryland-Delaware-DC Press Association, Associated Press, Maryland State Teachers Association and Community Newspapers Holdings, Inc. for his newspaper writing.

If you would like to be kept up to date on new books being published by James or ask him questions, he can be reached by e-mail at jimrada@yahoo.com.

To see James' other books or to order copies on-line, go to www.jamesrada.com.



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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By xdolf on November 25, 2012
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The history of how Shallmar was built as written in the book was interesting. The remainder of the book has many factual errors. The couple of families openly referenced in the book by name and example, I believe, shows extremely poor taste on the part of the writer. A fact that seems to have been missed--the poverty that these families experienced, was not because the mines closed down; they were poor throughout their existence in Shallmar! The closing of the mines was not the cause of their situation. In fact, the father of one of those families had not worked in the mines in years. The writer seems to have missed the fact Shallmar residents, like my parents, raised crops in the spring and summer and canned more than a sufficient supply of food to get through the winter months. When the mines closed, many, including my father, sought out work in other areas to support their families.

The principal of the school should not be remembered for a charity drive alone. The writer seems to have missed the fact that Mr. Andrick was a blessing to Shallmar, not for his charity drive, but for his teaching and disciplinary methods. During his years at Shallmar, the school enjoyed the highest attendance in the state, absence wasn't tolerated, and students learned. His classrooms were orderly, good behavior was a must, and learning was the only option.

Lastly, I think the writer is leaving the impression that the people who lived there were "back woodsy." Such was not the case! It was a great place to live and enjoy life.

There are many things the writer could have and should have written about Shallmar. None of us live there any more--as we grew up, we did as people throughout the world do--go where we can find employment. But we have memories of a great childhood there!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nita on December 5, 2012
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I don"t know where you got your facts from, but the picture of Shallmar School on page 53 was taken for the 1951-52 school year and it was also the last class before they closed the school. Seated in the front row...from left to right were the three first graders...Kenny Paugh, Juanita Males, and Richard (Butch) Brady. I remember this picture well...Kenny was pouting because they seated us, so he folded his arms in protest because he wanted to stand beside his sister Elaine Paugh who is second person , in the second row from left to right and the girl standing beside Elaine with her head down was my sister Eleanor Males. I did enjoy the book because I was raised in Shallmar and I would not have traded that kind of life for anyone elses. It was the best.... Juanita Males Fridley
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By Janasattic on January 18, 2014
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I was excited to know this book was being published. I was looking forward to passing it on to my children. I now hope they never know it is available. Mr Rada did not take the time to seek out persons who are still living that have factual information. He speaks poorly about persons in the book that were all good hard working indiviuals who contributed to Shallmar. The people of Shallmar depended on one another and worked together in difficult times as well as happy times. Mr Andrick was not the only teacher of Shallmar. As for the students who attended school there, many went on to graduate from college due to the education they received as children. The store was a gathering place indeed but the food was not unsafe to eat. Many were given food whether they could pay or not. The coal mining days of Shallmar were not unlike any other coal mining town of the times, as were the depression days difficlut for all. People of Shallmar worked together and helped one another. Not one man saved Shallmar. Many of the dates in this book are incorrect as well. I know this as there are still several persons living that hold true written diaries and journals of the days and people of Shallmar. These persons were not contacted. As for this book > Poorly written - Not factual - Misleading - and assumptions do not make history Mr Rada take the time to do your research!
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